READ | Gza Talks Lectures, Science and ‘Dark Matters’ (via @rollingstone/@perpetua)
Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA has been known as the Genius since the early days of his career – but in recent months, the name has been particularly apt, as he has spent much of his free time chatting with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and giving lectures at Harvard and New York University. The emcee also recently completed work on Dark Matter, a new album inspired in part by his interest in quantum physics, which will hit stores later this year.
WATCH | Mike Tyson Recalls Seeing Robin Givens with Brad Pitt on “Conan.” (via @egotripland)
From Tuesday night’s episode of Conan: Mike Tyson remembers the time he went from “a hard stallion to a wet noodle” when he saw ex-wife Robin Givens – with whom he was still intimate at the time – roll up in her ride with Brad Pitt. Apparently, these are types of candid anecdotes Iron Mike will sharing in his forthcoming one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage,” coming to Las Vegas April 13th – 18th. Based on this clip we are strongly contemplating attending all of the performances.
LISTEN | Del the Funky Homosapien: ‘WCA Limited II Fela’ [Mixtape] (via @prefixmag/@andrew_j_martin)
Still no word on when Deltron 3030 will release Deltron Event II, but that’s not about to slow down one third of the trio. Bay Area stalwart just dropped the second mixtape in his West Coast Avengers series that features 11 new tracks. In addition to housing some never-before-heard rhymes from Del, the project boasts production built entirely on Fela Kuti samples. So even if you don’t dig the raps — why wouldn’t you, though? — you can’t help being intrigued by the sample chops on here.
El-P admits that “R.A.P.” was the most creative control he’s had as a producer since Cannibal Ox. He also explains the tedious process making his own May release, “Cancer 4 Cure.
Del’s second album may sound like endless battle raps, but it’s mostly Del trying to understand his outsider role in early-’90s hip-hop culture.
Action Bronson spends a day working on an ice cream truck in Brooklyn and freestyles to an unconventional beat.
There’s no denying that the Beat Junkies are one of the most influential DJ crews ever assembled. With collaborations with some of the most defining acts and individuals in a variety of genres, it’s only right to celebrate the twenty-years since the crew emerged from the Los Angeles and Bay Area underground. LRG is pleased to announce For the Record -a short-form documentary that places a needed spotlight on the Beat Junkie’s influence and progression lent towards hip-hop and DJ culture.
BONUS: The Making of Reasonable Doub: Tould You So (2006) [XXL]
It’s the foundation, the cornerstone of the Roc. One of the greatest debuts in rap history. On the 10-year anniversary of Jay-Z’s first album, XXL throws up a diamond: The making of Reasonable Doubt.